Moleskine - not to be confused with moleskin - is a maker of notebooks, journals and date books. Their journals have been the legendary choice of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers worldwide, including the famous American writer, Ernest Hemmingway who wrote a book about his time in Paris that traces his footsteps through the City of Light, called A Moveable Feast.
Anyway, when I was at my local Barnes & Noble bookstore buying une carte de Paris, I also purchased a set of two Moleskine journals. I am a writer by trade - I write advertising copy, and have done this for nearly a quarter of a century - with two degrees in English Literature and Creative writing. A frustrated novelist? Perhaps. I originally thought I would not write about Paris, merely photograph it and enjoy it ... and here I am, writing a blog about it, holding in my possession two empty Moleskine journals, in lovely shades of green.
And today is a special day; it is exactly five months to the day until I leave for Paris.